Dead Rising: Chop Til You Drop Hands-On

There is chopping and there is dropping in our look at the Wii version of this zombie-killing game.

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The army of the slow-moving undead are returning to the local mall, and photojournalist Frank West is on hand to dispatch them, one swing of his aluminum bat (or whatever other weapon he has handy) at a time. The Wii port of Dead Rising, subtitled Chop Til You Drop, is on its way from Capcom, and we had a chance to take the brief demo for a spin during Nintendo's fall press summit last week.

Aluminum bat meets zombie head.

The timed demo let us take control of Frank while he unloaded his aggression on a food court full of shambling zombies, using every weapon at his disposal. Highlights included the aforementioned bat, a cheap-looking lightsaber knockoff, and a mall bench, which Frank could pick up and swing with about as much ferocity as you imagine you could swing a big, awkward wooden bench with.

You use the weapons in Chop Til You Drop with the Wii Remote by pressing the A button or flailing around with the Remote itself. Either approach works pretty well, and the zombies go down in typical comical fashion. Of course, Frank has also has access to firearms when he really wants to get down with the zombie murdering--it looks like he'll be able to haul four guns at once. We had access to a simple handgun and a shotgun that you aim with the Wii Remote and fire with the B button. One of the best tricks in the game was to temporarily stun a zombie with a well-placed pistol shot to the face, then run over, arm your bat, and build up power by shaking the Wii Remote quickly before letting loose with a David Ortiz-like shot to the dazed zombie's grill.

Producers told us that Chop Til You Drop will be a port of the original game for the Xbox 360, and the mall will be the same size as the original game's. As for original content designed specifically for the Wii, all we saw were two new enemy types--a flying zombie parrot that would dive-bomb Frank's head periodically, and an equally ridiculous zombie poodle that didn't know the meaning of the word "heel" (but did understand the shotgun blast to the face).

After the timed demo in the mall, we were taken to part two, a one-on-one showdown with an insane clown who had chainsaws instead of hands and liked to blow up balloons...deadly balloons. The fight took place on a rooftop and there were a slew of weapons on hand to take him down with. This was an agile insane clown, mind you, and he rarely stood stil long enough for us to plug him full of lead, so a more personal touch was needed in the form of the kind of baseball-bat beating that we've all wanted to administer to one clown or another over the years.

It was an admittedly short amount of time with Chop Til You Drop, but Capcom seems to be doing the best it can with the Wii's limited power in making a faithful rendition of the original game. It's not going to have as many weapons and certainly doesn't look nearly as nice as the 360 game, but those who missed out on the original will have their chance when the game arrives some time next year. Look for more on Chop Til You Drop from the 2008 Tokyo Game Show next week.

Discussion

48 comments
Ryan10901994
Ryan10901994

sweet-from what the developers said the game will feature around 100 zombie son screen at a time. 100 zombies=good

maxmax1234
maxmax1234

Looks like the average Wii game, cant they make it more flashy?

jello_flouride
jello_flouride

I cant wait to unlock the buster and pretend i'm playing mm legends 3.....hint hint capcom...

minmax123
minmax123

maybe if everyone stopped comparing it, and think of it as its own game, its probably pretty good!!!!!!!!!

Nomad0404
Nomad0404

If they get the zombie numbers righ then this could kick bottom - the original was a launch game for the 360 and has a few flaws they could rectify - Could be cool to have more non-zombie bad guys like the cultists or the guys in the truck. And why not have all the weapons dam it.

naruto3336
naruto3336

THE CONDUIT is the best ! Have you guys looked at the graphics??? its awesome way better than this..

jin_man
jin_man

I want this badly!!!

stevo99801
stevo99801

I'm looking forward to it also, I never played the original.

xgalacticax
xgalacticax

Zombie Parrot, LMFAO!! "rAAAGH! paulie wants some flesh"

SmartGhost
SmartGhost

the 360 made it famous but maybe the Wii can improve it somewhat.?? and are you still on a three day time notice...I HOPE NOT

someguy503
someguy503

Technically Capcom is working to get 100 zombies on the wii. And I've done extensive research and found out that the 360 version reached up to 100 zombies only in EXTREME situations.

WiLdStyLe37
WiLdStyLe37

Capcom rules... I have already borrowed the original off my mate and done as many acheivements as I could. Awesome game, but this Wii version is gay But other Wii-exclusive games are still awesome.

foxhound_fox
foxhound_fox

So... 7 or 8 zombies on screen at one time? What was the point if they couldn't match the original's 150-200?

Evil_TDS
Evil_TDS

Wii... you fail *pushes failure button on my mahogany wood table*

TraXxX
TraXxX

Zombies are good man, you can never have enough zombies in your life.

havocmerc
havocmerc

Enough with the zombies already.

wookieearmada
wookieearmada

@tonicmole: it's no different than the ps3 re-hashing nija gaiden from xbox or bioshock. and there's still a lot of great games coming to the wii. i think when it comes down to the wii, it's not about being a hardcore gamer, it's just about being a gamer in general. you have to have an open mind because the platform is radically different than everything else out there. and capcom has done some great things on the wii so far. ill give it a chance first, but as far as old games getting re-hashed, well that's happening all over.

aryoshi
aryoshi

I shake my head at thee, capcom.

tonicmole
tonicmole

If the port of a 2 year old game to the Wii is the biggest thing its got going for it, I think I'll just sell mine. I should have known better and just saved my money.

Extra_Life
Extra_Life

Frank looks alright, but the rest looks a bit... Operation Winback from the N64... And I'm usually pretty optimistic about Wii games...

NND1
NND1

This game was OK when it came out for 360 but lookz a lot worse on the wii ... Maybe motion control will save it?? doubt that, the wii really let me down in every way!

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

the only bad i see is not all weapons from 360 are here, but other then that it looks to be enjoyable and thats what counts and it will indeed have the tunnel those speculated it wouldnt

Nakor
Nakor

This game was fantastic on the 360. I beat it several times and played all the modes quite a bit. Unfortunately, most of the Wiimote control schemes tend to simply become annoying after a short while. I guess I'll have to wait and see if this is done well or not for this game.

Patch5129
Patch5129

@ Jake-lutze It takes place in a mall right? The parrots could come from a pet shop. I'll definatly check this game out, but I wouldve rather seen this ported to the PS3

thekey
thekey

This version is laughable!

G-Unit1422
G-Unit1422

Excelent, i thought of buying an X360 only for this game but i really wanted to have a Wii because of the new gameplay it brings ,so after i found out this game will also be on the Wii, i bought the Wii, i am looking forward to play it ,as i really love zombie games, btw i loved Dawn of the dead wich is a bit Dead Rising:) !!!

CapedCod
CapedCod

I'm just looking forward to a game that's not 100% cute on the Wii.

mrfidget
mrfidget

thats not the food court. thats paradise plaza.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

The Wii version looks more exciting to play for some reason. I cant wait to buy it.

sabitrulz
sabitrulz

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sabitrulz
sabitrulz

BEAT IT 2YEARS AGO,DIDN'T ENJOY IT DAT MUCH. CAN B A GOOD ONE FOR wii OWNERS THOUGH.

charizard1605
charizard1605 moderator

the future looks sweet for the Wii :D

pcgamer522
pcgamer522

"and he rarely stood stil long enough for us to plug him full of lead" stil?! Proofread, GameSpot!

Steel_Rain777
Steel_Rain777

Yeah I see this not faring well. Given the Wii can't handle as many Zombies on screen at once, unlike the 360 version.Plus less weapons, and the hitch in graphics will definitely mar it down some. I also wonder if the entire story will be intact in this version. Thankfully I beat it on the 360 over a year ago, but we'll just have to wait and see how this fares on the Wii. Quick Note: Hey Capcom, next time port it over to PS3, youu can add a buttload of crap to the game cause of the Blu-ray format, plus you even add Multiplayer modes...I dont know, doesn't sound like a bad idea to me.

king_bobo
king_bobo

Sounds cool, but not worth getting if you have the 360 version...

jake-lutze
jake-lutze

Zombie Poodles? Okay, thats fine, but parrots? Where would a parrot come from? Arent they in the suburbs?

fel1693
fel1693

I already played and completed this game on 360 and it was good, especially with the achievments we could made, so I don't know if I wiil buy this one, maybe if they put some extras I will. I'm worried about this one, if they put less zombies I really doubt it will be the same, the graphics is the least I worry about.

gonzalezj1
gonzalezj1

All I really want to know is how much of a hit will the zombie population take in the transition to the Wii. As I understand it, one of the best things about Dead Rising was the ridiculous number of zombies on-screen. I just want someone to tell us, on average, how many fewer zombies will there be in any given area.

lathan94
lathan94

Looks like another cheap wii port. The 360 game was good but i doubt the motion controls are going to make any difference for me because they never have before.

AlmightyDemon
AlmightyDemon

I don't want to play Dead Rising like RE4, I want to play it like Dead Rising.

dubel_07
dubel_07

I can't wait for this. If they'll port this one, maybe there's hope for Resident Evil 5 (and don't you DARE tell me about the hardware limitations).

VenomRitual
VenomRitual

@alex. you can only push hardware so far. it won't be about graphics though. i think the real draw will be swinging the remote to hit zombies rather than pushing a button.

jadefury27
jadefury27

the most horrifying thing about the 360 version was the controls. hopefully they fix that for the wii.

AlexGSGSGS
AlexGSGSGS

New enemies, a Resident evil 4 game expierence, looks good for now, but I really hope the graphics improve (because I know Capcom can do better graphics than those), anyway, I can't wait for this game